Travelling Solo – Finding Yourself

There are a huge amount of reasons for why people start to travel.

  • Maybe they have heard the stories of others
  • Maybe they have nothing better to do, and it’s just what people do
  • Maybe it’s running away from something/someone
  • Maybe it’s to find yourself
  • Or maybe just maybe, the best reason is not really having a reason… but finding one when you travel.

Travelling solo does provide a host of incredible opportunities and finding yourself is definitely one of those.

The story of why I chose to travel solo has already been shared here, however I never went thinking that I would change. I never thought that finding myself was even a possibility. I simply forgot how to live, work became my life and I needed a change.

I soon found out that travelling solo had a huge amount of perks, the freedom, the escape, the excitement and the choices.Β It’s an exhilarating feeling. I started to learn things about myself I never knew – some silly and some more profound

  • I didn’t know how far I could physically push myself
  • I didn’t know how long I could stay awake for
  • I didn’t know that I could party for 7 days straight
  • I didn’t know how easily I could adapt – pick up from nothing and make aΒ temporary life/home
  • I didn’t know how many true friends I could still make
  • I didn’t know much really…

Travelling solo opened up a world of opportunities, but it also helped me learn. I didn’t even realise but through the challenge I was discovering more and more about myself.

This was until one evening I experienced a moment of clarity, a moment where I made a decision and it was the wrong one. Essentially I was trying to be something I wasn’t, and actually in the long run something I didn’t want to be. I realised that all the experiences I went through and all the friends I had made were because of me, no one else. I had adapted successfully, I was succeeding, I knew that this upbeat enthusiastic passionate person was the person I wanted to be.

I had found my confidence, my enthusiasm, my passion… I had literally found myself whilst travelling. After this moment and for the next ten years I have followed that road and it’s been amazing!

Next up something a lot of people ponder, can a relationship survive travelling the world? Stay tuned follow A Wandering Memory today.

11 thoughts on “Travelling Solo – Finding Yourself

  1. Glad to read your blog again. Your words describe well, why I took up solo travel in 1976. Its encouraged me to get back to my humble blog, the last one of which I wrote in mid-December 2015. Too many other interesting things to do. Once the woeful heatwave is over and I can think again, shall make an effort. Always enjoy your blogs

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  2. hi, nice to see your blog again! I love your stories of your adventures, brings back memories. The joys of traveling solo are many, and now that I don’t travel at all I do enjoy reading your posts and vicariously enjoying the experiences with you. πŸ™‚


    1. Hi – Thank you so much for following. Yes I am struggling for time but really like to find some to continue posting! I am so happy that you like the blog and get some enjoyment from it. Lots more to tell πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Tommy. Thanks for the comment and follow. As you can see by the site I have travelled a lot! Have 55 countries under my belt now and no regrets at all it’s one of the best things I ever did! There’s another piece on solo travel I did and will send you the links… Thanks again and I look forward to more comments

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